Race Equipment and Nutrition




*for Otway Odyssey 100km, 50km and 30km MTB races only:

  • First Aid Kit, comprising:
    • 2 x crepe bandages
    • 2 x non-adhesive wound dressings
    • 6 x steri-strip wound closures
    • 1 x triangular bandage
    • 1 pr of surgical gloves

Pack your own, or available to purchase through your online entry, the merchandise page, or at registration on race weekend.

Random checks will be made throughout the event and those caught without a First Aid Kit anywhere along the course, including at the start and finish lines, will be penalised 20 minutes.

  • Water!
    • At least two litres of water and/or sports drink at the start of your race – even more if it is a hot day and you drink a lot!
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Food and nutrition
    • Sustenance to last you until you reach the Forrest Festival site 
  • Bike kit, comprising:
    • pump, tyre levers, puncture repair kit, and at least one spare inner tube
    • chain breaker
    • allen key set
    • bike lube (eg, Squirt)
    • spare derailleur hanger (in case you break it or bend it)
    • and knowing how to use your tools!
  • Cash $!
    • to buy food or purchase bike repairs at the Festival.
    • there is no ATM at Forrest!
  • Rain jacket and/or thermal top and bottom (weather dependent).
  • Mobile phone
  • Emergency space blanket (available for purchase through online entry, or on our merchandise page)

This may sound like a lot of gear to be lugging around on a ride and in many cases you won’t need it all. However, if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote location, you’ll be well equipped to deal with most situations or stay safe until help arrives.

Check out this video for recommended ways to carry your equipment on the bike.

Pre-race equipment checks

Don’t forget to double check your bike for any mechanical issues before the race. HERE is a list of relatively simple things to check beforehand or take your bike to your nearest bike shop for a tune up before the race to make sure it’s running sweetly.


The Otway Odyssey will be serviced by two terrific hydration and nutrition brands – CLIF BAR and Skratch Nutrition – Skratch Nutrition sachets will be stocked at each of the hydration stations around the courses. Each rider will receive a Clif Bar at event registration

We encourage you to support these brands by training with them beforehand and racing with them on the day.


CLIF BAR are our recommended nutrition partner

Nutrient density relates to the ratio of nutrients vs calories in a food item. The more nutrients per calorie, the higher the nutrient density of that food.

Typically, wholefoods have a higher nutrient density than processed, packaged foods. Many processed foods tend to be high in calories but lacking in nutrients. It’s important to consume enough calories (kilojoules) per day to function and support our activity levels, but calories are only part of the story.

You can get protein, carbohydrates and fat from a variety of foods, including processed foods. However, quality protein, slow releasing carbohydrates and healthy fats are essential for optimal performance and the best sources come from wholefoods.

When you eat wholefoods, you also benefit from natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other compounds essential for overall health and wellness.

At CLIF Bar, our bars are made of natural and organic, wholesome ingredients. We recognise the need for fast fuel during a race, which is why we offer our range of Energy Shots and Bloks. But when it comes to training, refuelling and feeding your adventures, CLIF Bars are the original, wholesome energy bar that provides you with all you need including 6g or more of plant-based protein, slow-releasing carbohydrates, healthy fats and 11 vitamins and minerals.

Click here to view the infographic on what to eat, when to make your race day a success!

Skratch Hydration

Skratch are our recommended hydration partner

Skratch Lab’s Hydration Sport Drink Mix was created for a simple purpose – to replace the electrolytes lost in sweat and to provide a little bit of energy when working out, without offending your palate or gut. Skratch initially created this drink because some of the world’s best athletes needed better!! Conventional sports drinks were undrinkable – too sweet, over-flavoured, and didn’t even replace what was lost in sweat – which defeated the whole purpose, like fighting thirst with more thirst.

The best athletes needed something to hydrate, something to quench their thirst, and something to help them perform better. So, with their help, Skratch reimagined sports drinks, stripping down what used to be a neon-coloured carnival to its bare essentials. In the process, they learned that simple wasn’t just better for elite athletes, it was better for everyone who works hard and sweats.

The result is a sports drink with minimal sugar (4g per 100 ml) and a ratio of sugar (glucose + fructose) that is optimized for faster absorption, an electrolyte profile that actually matches what is lost in sweat (800 mg sodium, 80 mg potassium, 100 mg calcium, and 80 mg of magnesium per litre), and only real fruit for flavour for a light and refreshing taste that you can drink all day. That’s it – less sugar, the right electrolyte profile, and real fruit. So, if you’ve never met a sports drink you wanted to take home, your luck is about to change.

Drink when thirsty. Don’t when not. Repeat as necessary. Click here for an INFOGRAPHIC that explains their process.

Find Skratch Labs at your local independent bike store www.skratchlabs.com.au

Nutrition Information by Rapid Ascent

Click Here for Rapid Ascent’s recommended nutrition information in the lead up to, and during event day.